Oh man... I didn't think it'd be as time consuming as this. D:
1- What's the most random question you've ever been asked?
Old tai's answer:
Goddammit. I've always been asking people this question and I had no idea it was such a difficult one to handle. I spent a good 10 minutes thinking about what it was.
Oh wait... I just remembered.
"So, how many seasons are there in Anime?"
A classmate's friend had asked me out of the blue. I didn't even know the guy, he just approached me in the hall and asked that question. I told him who the heck he was, he told me he was a friend of [insert the name of that classmate] and he heard I watched anime. I think he thought "Anime" was a series o.O But I have no idea why he'd ask a total stranger such a question if he doesn't even know what that is. I mean, wouldn't it have made more sense if he asked something like "So, what's this Anime about?"
FTR, I never gave him an answer. I never talked to him before or after that incident.
Current tai's answer:
You know... There's always a reason why someone asks a question. I always used to have a hard time when I was asked unexpected questions. Recently, I figured out that most questions are answered much easier when I think about the reasons people would ask them. Despite all that there's a question I never managed to make sense of:
"Was she your mother?"
A classmate of mine had seen me taking a stroll with my aunt and the next day he asked me that question. The problem is; my aunt is only 4 years older than me. And she actually looks as young as a high schooler.
2- What do you think of fate? Are we weaving our own fate, or are our fate has been determined long ago, (or any other interpretations)?
Old tai's answer:
Everyone has their own will. With that will, they steer a single, very thin thread with their actions in life. Giving shape to their fate, to some extent. There are billions of people in this world and there were even more people that have lived and passed away. Now, if the threads of every single person that is living and has lived converged in the same place they'd form a massive cord. Every action you take gives shape to your thread, and surely, that thread is bound to have some effect on the other people's threads. That's why, because of the remaining billions of the threads blocking some of your ways and sometimes opening up your path you'll have limited choices as to how much you can determine your own fate. Moreover, there are many natural occurrences that happens apart from any man's will. Call it God's central big thread if you will. Efforts of many people can have an effect on the nature and the non-human incidents. But only to some extent. If God doesn't desire it, people won't achieve it. That's why; even if you have many choices to shape your fate, there are things that you can't change by yourself about the life you're living and will be living.
Current tai's answer:
The tiny threads to the massive cord idea is generally the same. However, I recently figured out that, if one wishes hard enough, and tries even harder than that; they are bound to get the results towards their desire; even if it's not satisfying. There are no restrictions to the future you want to draw for yourself. If you are not getting it, you're simply not trying hard enough. The actions of other people and God's interference will surely block(or open up) your path. However, when you're cornered or your path is blocked, you can break it apart if you push hard enough. You may not have enough strength to get what you want, but your efforts won't be overseen. You'll always see the results of your actions. They might not always satisfy you(to be perfectly honest, they almost never are satisfying enough, but that's because human beings are greedy); but there's never such a thing as "all that was for vain". Because Merciful and Fair are among God's (to be more precise, Allah, as I am a Muslim) epithets. Believe me, when you think God(or Life) is being unfair and cruel to you, there's a reason behind that. Sometimes it's a misstep you took that misguided your thread, sometimes it's someone else's fault that gave a negative route to your fate. If you ask me how is it fair that one would suffer from someone else's fault; the answer is quite short(if not simple). Because there's also the option of you causing someone else's misery. It's up to you to choose to negatively or positively affect others lives. It's up to each and every single person in the world to determine whether Life is fair or cruel. If you ask me what Allah/God's role is in this; he's the Judge, the Watchful and the Resurrector. There won't be a single course of action that won't be evaluated and given "just" treatment.
3- A drunk hobo is trying to rob you, somehow he found a knife and is pointing it at you. How do you deal with the situation?
Old tai's answer
Ha! I run faster than he can imagine. Besides I am that goddamn drunk hobo, haven't you noticed already? I ain't robbin' myself!
Current tai's answer:
For starters, there'd be nothing of value on me because I'm piss poor. Even if he did succeed in robbing me he'd take pity on me and leave me be.
Unfortunately though, I easily tolerate but hardly actually trust people. I'm also very aware and timid around strangers. There have been some cases where some guy who was drunk(or high on God knows what) begged me for money so he can eat something. Also numerous other cases of beggars. In most cases, with all good will and naivete I end up saying hi to them and ask what they want. Then I figure out they are beggars.(FYI, beggars are usually street swindlers here in my Country; not sure if it's the case in the rest of the world) I usually respond them with a "I'm really sorry, I'm just a poor student, I can't help you either" and walk away before they start pestering me.
Anyways, back to the actual question. Even more unfortunately, I'm not a very attentive person. If such a thing happened I'd most probably not even notice he's carrying a knife with him. And things would end up ugly on my side if that happens. I'd probably rely on the fact that he's drunk and tell him to back off and walk away from him without looking back. He'd probably stab me in the guts after that. Bad end... If I do notice the knife though; believe me I'd run faster than his eyes can follow.
4- Is there something you want to have/do so much that you'd harm people for it? If yes, what is it? And why do you want it so much that you'd hurt for it?
old tai's answer:
I really am not a greedy person at all. I might even say there's nothing I demand from life at all. Though it is actually because I kind of gave up on life >_> I just want to live on. Maybe, just maybe, I can risk someone else's safety to ensure my own safety.
Current tai's answer:
That is exactly how I was deceiving myself until very recently. I figured that, back then when I put my mind into something I see nothing else and when someone else gets in my way I push them aside with all my might. When I look back, I realize I hurt a lot of people in the past because of my indiscretion and my selfishness. It is no lie that I've never been a demanding person; and I never was over enthusiastic about something. That's why despite my indiscretion there haven't been any major incidents that made me notice this mistake of mine. There only are minor examples. For example, back in my elementary/middle/high school days I used to jump up and answers the teacher's questions before the other people even understand the topic. Without realizing myself I was getting in the way of people learning.
If you look at my answer to your 2nd question though, you'd notice that recently it has become impossible for me not to think of other people before myself. There's nothing slightly smart about getting something in exchange for someone's safety/peace.
5- Who's that guy right behind you?
totally didn't steal these
Old tai's answer:
There's nobody behind me.
Current tai's answer:
There really is nobody behind me.
You liar you D< You so stole these from someone; not sure who though.
1 - Three Questions you would ask yourself?
Hey that's cheating! :< Now I'll have to think 3 questions for old tai and 3 questions for current tai. that's 6 answers for your first 2 questions D=
Old tai's questions:
O1- Can you think of a question that old and current tai would give the same answer for?
O2- Three other questions you would ask yourself?
O3- Answers to those three other questions?
Current tai's questions:
C1- Will you come back and become an active Forum Gamer once again?
C2- What is it that you need so you can become an active writer and win the bet you made with your mom 6 years ago?
C3- What's that bet you made with your mother 6 years ago?
2 - The answers to the above three questions?
Yes. I just did.
Yes. I just did
O2O1: When will you reclaim your throne as the rightful King of the Forum Games?
O2O2: Three more questions you would ask yourself?
O2O3: Answers to those three more questions?
O2C1: Are you a student?
O2C2: What do you major?
O2C3: Are you out of your mind?
When the time is right.
really want to come back to Forum Gaming once again, unfortunately I don't have much time at hand. Really, I'll probably find some time during the semester break, for a very short while though. Say, 1 week during the 2nd week of January 2014. Not really sure though.
O2O2O1: This is gonna get out of control right?
O2O2O2: And another three questions you'd ask yourself?
O2O2O3: Answers to those another three questions you'd ask yourself?
O2O2C1: Why are you doing this to yourself?
O2O2C2: Just why?
O2O2C3: You're losing track of this, aren't you?
O2O2O1: It just did.
O2O2O3: Just nope.
O2O2O2: I won't.
O2O2O3: I swear I'm gonna block myself.
current tai: yes.
oldtai: Materials science and engineering.
current tai: Japanese language and literature.
old tai: This so so fun.
current tai: right now I am.
C1: See O2O1
old tai: I just need to start writing.
Current tai: Actually, I need to start reading but I don't like the idea >_>
Old tai: That I'd publish a novel by the time I'm 27 years old. only 4 years left <.<
Current tai: what he said.
3 - You are walking down a corridor, and you see it branch into two separate ways. Suddenly the door snaps shut behind you; and a voice can be heard coming from a speaker above; "There are only two ways out of here; the left path and the right path. The left path is guarded by a man with a knife. The right side is guarded by a man with a baseball bat. They are twins, you see, and are identical in every other respect... As a bonus, this corridor will start filling up with Acid in an hour" Which passageway would you go down, and why?
Left path. Knife is smaller and shorter hence less reach than a huge bat. Moreover, cuts hurt less than crushed bones. It might be dangerous in the long run. However, since the pain won't be as much as a crush I'll at least be able to go on even if I'm cut and at least escape with my life at hand.
Right path with the bat. Though, I'd sneakily advance and stop in my tracks as soon as I notice the guardian, hiding from him. Then I'd wait for the acid the start filling up. He'll probably be somewhere close to the exit so he can get out once acid starts filling up. Once that he notices the acid, he'd either assume I went through the other path or that I've given up. He'll get out so he's not affected by the acid himself. And I'll quickly follow him. Now, there's also a reason I picked bat over knife. Let's say he noticed me right after I got outside. Surely, I'd start running away; since a bat is heavier than a knife it'll slow him down. Moreover, if he decides to throw it at me, he'll also not be able to throw it as far as a knife since it's heavier.
4 - Having decided to hunt down the voice who trapped you in that life or death situation above, you begin to look for them. Where is the first place you would look for the voice?
My classmate's house.
5 - You have confronted the evil voice who trapped you in the acid corridor. To your surprise it is... who is it, and why do you think they are the evil voice?
I knew it... I freaking knew it! Who else but me myself would play such a stupid prank on myself? I almost got myself killed dammit D<
That classmate of mine really did turn out to be the culprit. Believe it or not, he's a real life troll... He always does things that'd piss the hell out of the others. Though, I don't think he meant any actual harm with that prank.
6 - As a reward for defeating the evil voice, the world proclaims you their undivided and absolute despot. You are to write your first law, what will it be, and what will the punishment be for disobeying it be?
I get to be the absolute despot of the world for defeating myself? xD Sorry world you just got t-rolled. Taichi style rick rolled Well, my first law will be that I shall be permanently demoted to my former status as that guy who gives no fucks about the world politics and whoever protests my decision is to be executed immediately. I don't think my level of responsibility allows me to handle the world.
"Everyone should think twice before saying/doing something. No more, no less."
The disobedient people shall be forced to do social services. That'll teach them it's not a good idea to act without thinking, but also not a good idea to think too much into it.
1. A significant (recent) change in your life.
Significant? Well, I seem to have a thing for using Korean names for my RP characters lately? Is that considered significant?
I quit being a Material Sciences and Engineering student. Re-entered the University entrance exams. Currently I'm studying Japanese Language and Literature. Between quitting and restarting though. I worked as a seasonal personnel in a stationery/bookstore. Now that, changed a lot of things about me. I'll get more details into this in Gnag's 6th question.
2. Do you like sports? (and why).
I don't, they're too tiring. >__>
Except running and biking. They're the only types of sports I can actually enjoy. Primarily because I like to spent some time alone with myself every once in a while. When you're standing, sleeping or walking you're not out of other people's reach. If they want, they can easily pester you. However, they'll eventually get tired and leave you alone if you're too fast for them. Moreover, the rest after the absolute exhaustion... That is the most peaceful feeling ever.
3. Choose a weapon of your interest to use in every kind of situation.
Pencil. Information is a weapon you can use in every kind of situation.
Pen. Because you can actually erase what a pencil writes. Pen is permanent, that way you can also look back to see the mistakes you've done. and learn from them.
4. What's the biggest mistake you've ever done?
Now that's a shame my old and current self share in common.
Lying. I lied a lot in many situations in my life. And nothing good ever came out of those lies in the long run. There was this OMF member whose username I'm not willing to reveal. We had become fast friends and shared many private details about our lives over the PMs. I don't know why I was doing it, but I wasn't being perfectly honest with them when it came to my problems in my academic life. At some point, my university life hit the rock bottom and I told them that everything about my life sucks and it wasn't actually doing any better than I was in the past. I had underestimated the bonds one can form over the net. They felt betrayed and told me they could no longer believe anything I'd say. It's been 3 years and we still haven't talked to each other till then.(they're not even active in OMF anymore) Though, I did the same mistake on a bigger scale in life. Did the lying about how my life is going to my mother. That most probably is the bigger mistake in my life. She used to have such high expectations of me ever since I was born. Maybe because of that, I never managed to tell her the truth when things went awry. Ofcourse, at some point things escalated to a point where I could no longer hide them. And that cycle repeated itself over and over again. She'd find out how I screwed up, I'd tell her that I got over them and this time I'd do things properly. And.. Just screw up again and again. It repeated so many times, she no longer has any trust left in me any more. A mother not being able to trust her son, believe me, is not a good thing. Nowadays she tells me this: "I don't care what you do, what you choose to do anymore. Just, whatever you do, don't lie to me." Believe me, it's not something you'd want to hear from your mother.
5. Do you remember which OMF member we used to call "General"?
I just hope it isn't Jack.
Unfortunately I can't. And no matter how hard I think about it, I can't seem to remember. I get the feeling he was a Forum Gamer though. Maybe he/she was from the time when you and the rest of the Catroomers were actively Forum Gaming? Because I wasn't really Forum Gaming back then.
6. The most important thing in your life at the moment.
Having a good laugh.
"right now". The very instant I'm living in. Because that's the only thing I can have any immediate effect on my life.
1) Favorite thing about RPing?
Thinking of new powers and abilities.
I can put myself in the shoes of someone else. It's good practice for improving my empathy. Though I sometimes just go overboard and act IC in OOC chat, it gets kind of ugly then.
2) Favorite thing about writing?
Creating my very own world. It helps me feed my ego xD
The idea of creating my own world is not all that bad. But recently I've been getting another taste from it. It helps me understand how I view the world and myself and everything else. I probably would never understand and know who I am if I don't write. Though, I'll still have to write tons before I know who or what I am.
3) Hardest you've ever fought for something?
Spamming the "your life is tragic when" Forum Games thread up to 150 pages before Mods locked it, because tsun-tsun had said she'd marry me if that thread reached 150 pages.
Well, to be honest, I wasn't doing anything other than what I've usually been doing back then in OMF. I spent some good several months of my life spamming the life out of Forum Games. So it's not exactly a feat that's worthy to be an answer to this question. Moreover, because of the fact that I'm usually a person that gets things done without trying slightly hard at all, I've become a person who gives up quite easily. My 'able'ness became my laziness. I think back in my life and no matter how hardly I try to remember, I can't seem to find anything I've fought hard for. Really, when things seemed out of my reach, I just gave up on them. Though there is one thing I did force myself to stick to it. It's not some single thing, but more like a policy I've always tried really hard to stick to. In the face of a task, a question or a problem I would always... but always find an approach/an answer/ a perspective nobody has ever thought before. This habit of mine is also why I decided to do this "two answers per question thing." Despite the fact that this **** is exhausting as hell (dammit :<) I'm still not giving up on this idea.
4) Favorite OMF memory?
Giving birth to the idea of me and my numerous alter-egos. Back then when I was actively talking about them in the Forum Games... Ah... they were golden times.
Though lately, I'm beginning to think maybe my alter-ego idea was a little too self-centered and arrogant. Still doesn't change the fact that I had my most fun times with them in Forum Games. Though, there's one thing I probably had even more fun during the 3rd OMCB back in OMF 2.0. In the quarter finals I had prepared an OMCB-SAO crossover parody manga to get people's attention on Munsu. I had used SAO pages as templates, changed the text cropped and copy/pasted panels and created a massive 156 page long parody D:
5) Least favorite moment on OMF?
See my answer for Hooded Crow's 4th question. That day when I unveiled my bad side to them was a nightmare for me. Anything that happened on OMF around that time was unpleasant and down the hill for me. I went inactive for a good two months after that incident.
Though, that incident was three years ago. And now that I look back on it, I brought that upon myself. The outcome was obvious from the first time I lied to them. And there's nothing I can do about it anymore. Besides, it was private so it's not like it affected other people.
However, that fiasco in SoT with Kitsune09, Sanagami and I was something I really didn't want to have to remember. I unintentionally over-reacted when Kitsune said she couldn't give up on Sana if he and I ever got on bad terms. I used to think my response was just a joke but it escalated to outright bashing and cursing between us. Now that I think about it, I was actually jealous of Sana >///> and my negative reaction wasn't exactly a joke. Because of that I got myself and Sana infractions >_> Though the worst part is, most of the SoTers back then started to put some distance between me and them because well... I was too impulsive juvenile and easily offended. I hate to admit it but they were right.
6) First and current impressions of me? 3:
First impressions: Their name is all over the games. Must teach them a lesson.
Last impressions: She's someone you just can't dislike. The fastest Forum Gamer (and probably the fastest typer) I've ever seen. I hate to admit but she's a better FGer than I am. We also seem to have some common common ground in our tastes for Seinen manga. She's super kind and unbelievably mature and reasonable.
Current impressions: Aside from what I stated, I also recently figured that she can see right through people. Kind of reminds me of my mother in that aspect. I still can't believe someone who've made helping people their ultimate goal in life exists in this day.
1. Top 10 manga in terms of quality? In terms of how much you enjoy them? Your favorite character from each of those?
These are my mere opinions but I don't think I need to tell you that.
In terms of quality:
1- Shin Angyo Onshi
2- Fullmetal Alchemist
4- Ai Kora
5- Angel Densetsu
7- Blade of the Immortal
8- Death Note
9- Mirai Nikki
10- Rurouni Kenshin
The funny thing is, old tai and current tai have some different tastes in manga. Recently, I can't seem to enjoy some series I used to love.
So; in terms of how much I enjoy them: (I've also put my favourite characters in parenthesis)
1- Shin Angyo Onshi (fWon Sul, look at my ava)
2- Fullmetal Alchemist (Envy)
3- Gintama ( Hasegawa Taizou aka Madao)
4- Ai Kora (Hachibei Maeda for the love of parts!)
5- Beelzebub (Takayuki Furuchin, I mean, Furuichi)
6- Nisekoi (Tsugumi Seishirou <3)
7- Sket Dance ( Agata Soujirou)
8- Naruto (Ero Sennin)
9- Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Akabane Karma)
10- Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to (Aito Yuuki)
1- Shin Angyo Onshi (Munsu)
2- Fullmetal Alchemist (Edward Elric)
3- Angel Densetsu (Kitano Seichirou)
4- Blade of the Immortal (Master Sori)
5- Hello Baby ( Kinya) this one is a oneshot I can read over and over again. From Death Note's artist.
6- Medaka Box (Kumagawa Misogi)
7- Mirai Nikki ( Akise Aru)
8- Nisekoi (still Tsugumi Seishirou)
9- Trace (Morrienoah Jin)
10- Ai Kora (Hachibei Maeda)
2. Top 5 characters from each of Big3?
To be honest, I'm not really into big 3 as much as I used to. But I can at least think of some names that picked my interest.
Bleach- Shihouin Yoruichi, Ichimaru Gin, Hanatarou, Kon, Don Kanonji
Naruto - Jiraiya, Shikamaru, Naruto, Deidara, Tobi before he got serious
One Piece - Sanji, Luffy, Sanji, Brook, Sanji
Bleach- Ichimaru Gin, Shihouin Yoruichi, Kyouraku Shunsui, Yamamoto Genryuusai, Aizen Sousuke
Naruto - Jiraiya, Hinata, Shikamaru and nobody else... really. Those 3 are the only characters I don't dislike about Naruto anymore. I used to love Naruto but it's just... insufferable as of late.
One Piece - Sanji, Sanji, Luffy, Sanji, Zoro
3. 3 most well-developed, deep-trait manga characters in your opinion?
-Munsu from Shin Angyo Onshi. He's the perfect definition of an anti-hero and the best depiction of a realist. He started off as a local prankster, then to a bandit, then to the supreme general of Jushin. And from that point he inadvertently caused the fall of Jushin. And it's even more devastating after I noticed that Aji Tae was behind everything Munsu accomplished and caused. He even managed to defeat an omnipotent being with sheer willpower and extreme cunning.
-Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. Despite being the MC of a shounen series, he strays off from the traditional shounen series. He's not almighty, he's not the perfect hero, nor the ultimate defender of justice. He's just a sinister child, who had to learn the hardships of life the hard way. However, he stood up and became one badass proactive pursuer of what is right and what is wrong. And he did all those without ridiculous power-ups or useless training arcs.
-Won Sul from Shin Angyo Onshi. One might argue he didn't have that much depth as a character, but more like a super emo super powerful swordsman that just killed everything. But if you see his backstory in the gaiden and look carefully into the main story. You'd notice that Won Sul is the most tragic anti-villain and the most hopeless tool to ever be written. His helplessness, and his lack of influence over the course of major things despite being a one powerful motherfucker makes him someone who's worth taking a lesson from.
Well, I'm pretty much agreeing with my old self there. though, Alphonse has gone through some bigger character developments than Edward. Ed just was lucky to be the MC and the older brother, and the one who didn't have to lose all his body.
4. If you could only read 1 manga for the rest of your life which one would it be?
I'd probably pick longest manga I enjoyed cuz there's more to read that way.
I'd pick Hello Baby to read whenever I forget what crazy things life might brought upon oneself.
5. If you could bring 5 manga characters into real life who would they be and reason? Male? Female?
1- Shihouin Yoruichi for obvious reasons.
2- Suruga Kanbaru for other obvious reasons, but also because the way she interprets things is very unusual, she could be fun.
3- I'd probably regret doing this right after, Kumagawa Misogi. Just thinking about the mindrape he'd give the world around him gives me goose bumps.
4- Won Sul for... not so obvious reasons >.> <.<
5- Envy. I kind of want to torture him -___-
1- Suruga Kanbaru. I'd have a nice long chat with her about... anything. While doing obvious things.
2- Shimura Shinpachi. I'd love him to witness this world we're living in. I get the feeling he'd find as many outrageous things to tsukkomi in real life as the ones in Gintama. People are really ridiculous most of the time.
3- Greed (FMA) so he can teach me what greed is.
4 & 5 - I'd bring Won Sul and Kaidaten back to life, and place them somewhere other people and things can't interfere with them. I'm sure, if not for the forced war between men and monsters, and with all that pressure Won Sul had to endure because of his father, he'd have been good friends with Kaidaten. There, in their own world, those two would live the peaceful life they both more than deserved.
6. Top 5 favorite powers from manga?
1- Kamui. Naruto. Though Kishi wasted it's potential. he could have made a much better job with it.
2- All Fiction. Medaka Box. Kumagawa Misogi's renowned and lovely ability to make things become nothing. <3
3- Dragon Slayer magic. Though it's quite simple and plain, it's still useful and versatile. Though I don't think Mashima Hiro is giving that power justice >__>
4- Immortality. Because it allows legit graphic violence for the eyes xD
5- Accelerator's ESP power from TAMNI. It's a really well thought out invincible power with a devastating loophole that leaves one speechless.
1-Speed Boom. Boog Ih Geo's power from Trace. He makes eye contact with his target. Then, he can travel fast enough to be called "teleportation" to where his target is, and keeps up that same speed for as long as the eye contact he made with his target. The best part is that he uses Speed Boom for assassinations
2-Alchemy. FMA. Because, even if I gave up on Science as an Academic carrier I still like science. And I like it when there's a more or less Sci-Fi feel to the powers used on manga.
3- All fiction: same reason as above.
4- Nagisa's natural talent as an assassin. I consider it to be a "power".
5- Flare. Double Arts. Luchile Kiri's power. "Flare" to put it simply, is power wrought in cooperation. By touching another individual, Kiri's physical abilities and processes, as well as those he touches, are increased in proportion to the number of people he grasps. I.e. Kiri and Elraine hold hands, their individual strengths are doubled, and so on and so forth.
Brain has been fried.
Fingers have been snapped.
Two answers thing was not a good idea.
I need some rest. I'm really sorry soccerislife, Wingman, mantisstalker, Gnag, Satan, Shiroi, Goddess Nike. Your answers will unfortunately have to wait some more.